pounding rice cakes––
even the god of wealth
Daikoku: God of Earth, Agriculture, Rice, Commerce
Ebisu: God of Ocean, Fishing Folk, Prosperity
Both are considered patrons of wealth and good fortune. The two are often paired together as an intimate set.
Daikoku (Hindu Origin). Male. The god of earth, agriculture, farmers, the food supply (rice), commerce, and wealth. Daikoku usually wears a hood, stands on two bales of rice, has a large treasure sack slung over his shoulder, and holds a small magic mallet. There are other forms, including a female form, but in Japan he is mostly shown standing on bales of rice with a magic mallet and treasure sack in his hands. Daikoku is also the deity of the kitchen and provider of food.
Daikoku also appears in Japan as the Sanmen (Three-Headed) Daikoku. In this manifestation, he is believed to protect the Three Buddhist Treasures (Sanpou, literally Three Jewels) which are the Buddha, the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha), and the Sangha (the community of Buddhist believers).
Ebisu (Japanese Origin). The god of the ocean, fishing folk, and good fortune, the smiling and bearded Ebisu is often depicted with a fishing rod in his right hand, and a large red sea bream (a symbol of good luck in Japan) dangling from the line or tucked under his arms.
Daikoku and Ebisu are often depicted together as a pair, with Daikoku considered the father and Ebisu the son. Artwork of the pair can be found everywhere in modern Japan, especially as members of Japan’s Seven Lucky Gods. Ebisu, of Japanese origin, is the god of the ocean and fishing folk. Daikoku, or Hindu origin, is the deity of agriculture and rice.